Three Ringz

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Three Ringz
T-Pain Three Ringz.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 2008[1]
GenreR&B, Hip hop
Length60:35 (Standard)
73:08 (Deluxe)
LabelNappy Boy, Konvict, Jive, Zomba
ProducerT-Pain (exec.), Akon (exec.) Rocco Valdes (exec.)
T-Pain chronology
Three Ringz
The Instrumentals
Alternative cover
Import edition cover
Import edition cover
Singles from Thr33 Ringz
  1. "Can't Believe It"
    Released: July 29, 2008
  2. "Chopped 'n' Skrewed"
    Released: September 23, 2008
  3. "Freeze"
    Released: October 10, 2008
  4. "Boom"
    Released: December 20, 2008 (Philippines and Serbia)
    January 1, 2009 (Worldwide)

Three Ringz (stylized as Thr33 Ringz) is the third studio album by American R&B recording artist T-Pain, It was released on November 11, 2008, by his record label Nappy Boy Entertainment (under the distribution of Akon's label Konvict Muzik, Jive Records, and Zomba Label Group). It was supported by three singles: "Can't Believe It" featuring Lil Wayne, "Chopped 'n' Skrewed" featuring Ludacris, and "Freeze" featuring Chris Brown.

Reviews for the album were favorable but critics were growing weary of the party-filled track listing and overreliance on Auto-Tune. Three Ringz debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and spawned three singles: "Can't Believe It", "Chopped 'n' Skrewed" and "Freeze". It was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards, but lost to Beyoncé's I Am... Sasha Fierce.


The album's lead single, called "Can't Believe It" was released on July 29, 2008. The track features a guest appearance from American hip hop recording artist Lil Wayne. with the production provided by T-Pain. The song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album's second single, called "Chopped 'n' Skrewed" was released on September 23, 2008. The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Ludacris, with the production, which once again was provided by T-Pain. The song reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album's third and final single, "Freeze" was released on October 10, 2008. The song features a guest appearance from American recording artist Chris Brown, with the production provided by T-Pain. The song peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The single, "Boom" was the fourth and final single from T-Pain's repackaged album intended to be sold to the Philippines and Serbia. The track became an instant dance hit in those countries and became a staple piece of music used in hip-hop contests and shows in both Serbia and the Philippines.

Promotional singles[edit]

In late 2007, T-Pain released the first promotional single "Silver & Gold". However, it was cut from the final album track-listing. T-Pain released "Ringleader Man" as the album's promotional single.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Daily News3/5 stars[4]
Billboard(Favorable review)[5]
Village Voice(Favorable review)[6]
The Guardian3.5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[10]
Spin3.5/5 stars[11]
USA Today2/4 stars[12]

Three Ringz received positive reviews; however, many music critics questioned T-Pain's continued usage of Auto-Tune and his delivery of the club tracks. Jesel Padania of RapReviews said that despite the album's lack of humor and some tracks falling short of previous efforts, he praised T-Pain's genre-hopping production and his chemistry with the guest artists.[8] AllMusic's David Jeffries also found the humor hit or miss but praised the record's production, guest list and T-Pain's persona for giving the tracks energy to grab listeners' attention, calling it "an otherwise entertaining example of the gimmick-filled R&B/hip-hop album done right."[3] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine praised tracks like "Can't Believe It" and "Freeze" for their production and catchiness but questioned whether T-Pain could move beyond his Auto-Tune crutch, concluding that "T-Pain’s got the pop credentials. It’s just a pity that this entire album is drenched in what already sounded like last year’s sound a couple years ago."[10]

J. Gabriel Boylan of Spin criticized T-Pain for utilizing the same old tricks and delivery he had used on previous works before, concluding that "With a hot guest list (Ciara, T.I.), this is bound to bump the clubs, but beyond that, it’s clown time."[11] Elysa Gardner of USA Today found the songs about women off-putting and disgusting, and said that more empathy and tenderness would help this record, concluding that "Ringz doesn’t offer enough wit or insight to mitigate its rancor, or make it terribly interesting."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

Three Ringz debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling 167,700 copies in the first week.[13] The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling 700,000 copies in the United States.[14]

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks produced by T-Pain.
1."Welcome to Thr33 Ringz (Intro)"Faheem Najm, Frank Romano, Eddie Griffin2:27
2."Ringleader Man"Najm, Johnny Smith2:54
3."Chopped 'n' Skrewed" (featuring Ludacris)Najm, Christopher Bridges4:21
4."Take a Ride (skit)"Najm1:45
5."Freeze" (featuring Chris Brown)Najm, Christopher Brown3:36
6."Blowing Up" (featuring Ciara)Najm, Ciara Harris3:24
7."Can't Believe It" (featuring Lil Wayne)Najm, Dwayne Carter, Jr., David Balfour4:33
8."It Ain't Me" (featuring Akon and T.I.)Najm, Aliaune Thiam, Clifford Harris, Jr., Romano3:45
9."Feed the Lions (skit)"Najm1:28
10."Therapy" (featuring Kanye West)Najm, Kanye West, Romano3:34
11."Long Lap Dance"Najm, Romano, Rocco Valdes4:36
12."Reality Show" (featuring Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn and Jay Lyriq)Najm, James Cohen, Taalib Johnson, Romano, Raheem DeVaughn5:27
13."Keep Going"Najm, Romano2:14
14."Superstar Lady" (featuring Young Cash)Najm, Joseph Williams3:17
15."Change" (featuring Akon and Diddy)Najm, Thiam, Mary Jane Blige, Valdes, Gordon-Scott Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Tommy Sims, Sean Combs5:10
16."Digital" (featuring Tay Dizm)Najm, Artavious Smith3:14
17."Karaoke" (featuring DJ Khaled)Najm, Khaled Khaled4:48
Total length:60:35


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia[23] November 7, 2008 Digital download, CD Jive Records
New Zealand[24]
United Kingdom[25]
Canada[26] November 11, 2008
United States[27]
Japan[28] November 26, 2008


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